Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
According to a statement she personally signed, the minister said she was asymptomatic but advised to go for the test, which returned positive.
She announced that she had gone into isolation, adding that she is currently receiving treatment for the disease.
“Following interaction with individuals that later show asymptomatic sign of COVID19, I have been advised by my medical team to undergo the test and self isolate for observation over the past few days,” the statement read.
“This is to inform the general public that after undergoing a test carried out on myself and members of my family, my result returned positive while that of members of my family tested negative.
“Currently, I am asymptomatic and have gone into isolation during the period of treatment. Please keep me in your prayers and I implore you all stay safe and observe all COVID-19 protocols as we grapple with this pandemic.
“I urge you all to please take responsibility for yourself and family in order to protect our dear country even more at this time.”
Nigeria currently has a total of 83,576 COVID-19 cases out of which 70,495 people have recovered.